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Wednesday Nite @ the Lab exploration night July 14

On Wednesday July 14th, Wednesday Nite @ The Lab (WN@TL) will be hosting a Science Exploration Nite from 7-8:30PM at the UW-Biotechnology Center. UW Madison scientists and educators will present exploration stations, mini workshops, and mini-lectures…a little something for everyone! Mini-lectures will include: “How clean is too clean?: The hygiene hypothesis and the prevalence of allergies and asthma, Protein Recycling: The Other Green Side of Plants and Advances in DNA sequencing.

Explore chromatography through Kool-Aid and Skittles…why is cherry Kool-aid red and grape Kool-Aid purple? Do green Skittles and green M&Ms really have the same colored coat? Let’s explore why science is to dye for! ‘Become a DNA detective’, perform DNA extraction using household products, participate in the giant microbe game and view the display, or ‘Build a Chromosome’ to determine mouse coat color. The mass spectrometry facility will puzzle you, and you can view stem cells and learn how to culture stem cells by participating in the stem cell outreach labs hands-on workshop or take part in ‘The Curious Case of the Color-changing pencils.

And do not forget to check out the WI geological and natural history surveys interactive display. Groundwater is out of sight and usually out of mind. The Groundwater Model is a hands-on tool that lets us see the flow of water and pollutants underground and at the surface. Find out how contaminant spills affect our drinking water and our lakes and rivers and try your hand at contaminating the groundwater to see how difficult it can be to clean it up!

Schedule:

Exploration Stations (rm 1360): 7-8:30PM

Mini-lectures (auditorium):

7PM “How clean is too clean?: The hygiene hypothesis and the prevalence of allergies and asthma”—Liz Hines, Genetics

7:15PM Protein Recycling: The Other Green Side of Plants —David Gemperline, Genetics

7:30PM Advances in DNA sequencing –Josh Hyman, director of the DNA sequencing facility at the biotechnology center

8 PM “How clean is too clean?: The hygiene hypothesis and the prevalence of allergies and asthma”—Liz Hines, Genetics

8:15PM Protein Recycling: The Other Green Side of Plants—David Gemperline, Genetics

Workshops:

7:15-8:15PM Stem Cell Outreach Lab (rm 1340—limited capacity; sign-up at 7PM or call Nadia Domínguez @ 265.2420 to reserve your space)

7:15-7:30PM ‘The Curious Case of the Color-changing pencils’ (rm 1330)

8-8:15PM ‘The Curious Case of the Color-changing pencils’ (rm 1330)

Questions?…contact Nadia Domínguez at nmdominguez@wisc.edu or 265.2420 or for further information regarding WN@TL, please visit http://www.uwalumni.com/home/learning/wedniteatthelab/wedniteatthelab.aspx.

WN@TL is brought to you by BioTrek, Science Alliance, Wisconsin Alumni Association, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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